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w w w. s t y l e m a g a z i n e c o l o r a d o . c o m w w w. m e d i c a l a n d w e l l n e s s . c o m Publisher Lydia Dody | lydia@stylemedia.com Managing Editor Angeline Grenz angie@stylemedia.com creative director Scott Prosser Senior Designer Lisa Gould digital director Austin Lamb | austin@stylemedia.com Advertising Sales EXECUTIVES Jon Ainslie (970) 219-9226 Lydia Dody (970) 227-6400 David Knight (970) 619-9846 Saundra Skrove (970) 217-9932 Office Manager/About Town Editor Ina Szwec | ina@stylemedia.com Accounting Manager Karla Vigil Circulation manager Trisha Milton Copy editor Corey Radman Contributing Writers Emily Hutto, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Corey Radman, Kay Rios, Carl Simmons, Tracee Sioux, Michelle Venus, Emily Warren PhotographerS Marcus Edwards, Harper Point Photography Affiliations Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Greeley Chamber of Commerce 2013 Style Magazines January-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness Magazine and McKee Medical Center & North Colorado Medical Center Medical Directory February-Style March-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness April-Style May-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness June-Style July-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness Magazine and University of Colorado Health Medical Directory August-Style September-Women’s Health & Breast Cancer October-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness November/December-Holiday Style Style Media and Design, Inc. magazines are free monthly publications direct-mailed to homes and businesses in Northern Colorado. Elsewhere, a one year subscription is $25/year and a two year subscription is $45/year. Free magazines are available at more than 275 locations throughout Northern Colorado. For ad rates, subscription information, change of address, or correspondence, contact: Style Media and Design Inc., 211 W. Myrtle St., Suite 200, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521. Phone (970) 2266400, ext. 208. Fax (970) 226-6427. E-Mail: ina@StyleMedia.com ©2013 Style Media and Design Inc. All rights reserved. The entire contents of Style Magazine are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Style Media and Design Inc. is not responsible for unsolicited material. All manuscripts, artwork, and photography must be accompanied by a SASE. The views and opinions of any contributing writers are not necessarily those of Style Media & Design Inc.


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Business Inherently Benefits Community

It’s a little disappointing to read the comments from Charisse Bowen in “To B or Not to B” (Lydia’s Style Magazine, April 2013). “Using conscious business practices to benefit people, the planet and profit” is not something new. Nor are social values “more second nature for up-and-coming entrepreneurs than for the generations before them.” It should go without saying that by its very existence every successful business benefits people (and therefore the planet) by creating jobs and commerce. So even if the efforts of business people were only to pad their own wallet, they still can’t help but benefit people. Let’s dig a little deeper than that simple statement, however. Did, for example, the widespread practice of providing health insurance to employees originate with “up-and-coming entrepreneurs,” or has it been in place since well before my father offered it at no cost to his employees 49 years ago? Pension and profit sharing plans – the invention of this “up-and-coming” generation? Recycling – again, this generation? To underscore the point just a bit more, look no farther than Ms. Bowen’s own campus. We see buildings, and schools, and yes, even the


Sincerely, Neil McCaffrey III, CEO Book Center of the Rockies, Inc. Joined the Group!

I loved the article about the ladies golf group, SWING (Lydia’s Style Magazine, April 2013). I just joined their group and it looks great for the summer! I played golf last week and today am going to the driving range. Thank you again for the magazine. Sonia Cooper Important Topic

I would like to thank you for featuring addictions in the Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness, March 2013 edition. As a mental health provider, I understand the importance of bringing attention to the topic of addictions and recovery. As a result of the article, “Addiction Recovery: A New Era,” the topic is now out there for others to recognize the significance of this talking point. Thanks for allowing Northern Colorado readers to gain some insight into this important subject matter! Ginger Schmidt, MA, LPC: A Purposeful Path, Psychotherapist


I wanted to thank you and staff for the opportunity to have my family featured in the May 2013 issue of Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness. We have received very positive feedback! We’ve received emails, texts, calls and additional copies of the magazine from people who saw us in the article, “Revolution of Dads,” and on the cover. My girls have gotten comments from doctors, dentists and many others, too. The whole experience has been very positive and exciting for our family. And, it looks like there will be numerous opportunities for me to speak on the topic of the importance of dad in a daughter’s life as a result of this exposure. Thank you so much for this opportunity. The Chavez Family, Ray, Roxanne, Savannah, Eva and Lola

With the approach of Father’s Day, I was so pleased to read Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness’s article on dads and daughters (May 2013). Single, married or stepdad, the importance cannot be denied that daughters need the love and guidance of their fathers. So, thank you for bringing this subject to light and encouraging fathers to continue their lifelong journey with their daughters. Rhonda Gray, Fort Collins

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A Busy & Vibrant Summer Ahead It is with much enthusiasm that we bring you our June issue. I am especially excited about the interesting, informative and fun topics included for your enjoyment. It appears to be unanimous in Northern Colorado. The economy is on an upward trend; new home construction and the real estate market are all showing significant improvement. We knew that homes in the $200,000s had been selling but we were curious if higher priced homes had started to move. Read “To Sell or Not to Sell: A Look at High-End NoCO Real Estate” to learn what successful agents in the region say about these improving trends. A high-end home being built in north Fort Collins sparked our attention for its interesting design and energy efficient features. We were pleased to feature it on our cover and in “Shedding Light and Embracing Earth.” Read about how materials were repurposed in a unique way, how space was carefully planned and how energy conservation techniques were implemented. Enjoy the article and photos of this exceptional home built by Lee Barker and designed by Greg Fischer. Be sure to notice the subcontractors who contributed to this unique home. As the days get warmer, most of us spend more time outdoors. Pick up ideas for your home’s landscaping and outdoor living areas in the article “Create Your Dream Backyard.” Read “When Land is Thirsty – Xeriscaping” to learn about ways to introduce native plantings into your landscape that, in time, will require very little water. With current water restrictions, this is


an important and timely topic. I’m going to consider adding some drought-resistant plantings into my gardening this year in place of the usual annuals. I can’t give up all the annual flowers, though, because I love the splash of colors throughout the summer! Speaking of color, most of us have seen the colorful murals in the alley behind Enzio’s in Downtown Fort Collins and we thought it would make the perfect backdrop for our trendy fashion shoot for summer. Our good-looking models are stylists at Studio Be Salon; we thank them and Creative Director, Beth Weber, for their time and creative design efforts. Thanks also go out to the fashion stores who were willing to show the edgy side of their summer looks. Summer is the perfect time to shop and enjoy exploring neighboring communities. Pick up some interesting trivia in “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greeley.” We are impressed with how the Greeley community has mobilized to create lots of inviting reasons to visit, shop and eat in the downtown area. Explore this delightful community in “Be Surprised by Downtown Greeley” and “A Night Out in Greeley.” Also, be sure you don’t miss Greeley’s signature rodeo and headline entertainment. Read “Greeley’s Beloved Stampede” for updates on this year’s lineup. Summer and warm weather also make me think about shopping for a new car. I think we all enjoy the smell of a new car and these days they also tempt us with an amazing assortment of intriguing features. We interviewed a few of our leading local dealers to learn about what vehicles were their top sellers. Read “Practical Economy: Finding the Best Car in Fort Collins” for tips on what’s selling and why. I hope you enjoy these interesting features along with much more between the pages of this summer issue. As always, we enjoy hearing from you. On a personal note, my sister, Ina, daughter, Ali, and I recently attended daughter, Meredith’s, and her husband, Josh’s, graduation from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. It was the culmination of many years of schooling and hard work and I’m so proud of their achievement! I’m also fortunate to have them now living in Fort Collins for a year while they work for the doctors at A Step Ahead Foot and Ankle Center, with offices in Fort Collins and Loveland, in their Preceptorship Program. It will be such fun having all the kids close by! I’m sure all you parents know how special it is to have your kids nearby. And on a final note, I want to thank everyone who was involved in the Pink Boa 5K to raise awareness and funds for Hope Lives! It was a beautiful and inspiring morning of joyful walkers, runners, volunteers, kids, pink decorated dogs and numerous businesses supporting the cause of breast cancer awareness and survivorship. Thanks to everyone for supporting this very important cause. Enjoy your summer,


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on the cover The Donelsons had a vision for their new home: an energy efficient structure that celebrates the earth it sits upon – and they found just the builder to respect their vision. Read about it on page 26. Cover photo by Harper Point Photography.

Business Profiles: Crescendo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 All Tech Automotive & Dickey’s BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . 20 home & garden: create your dream backyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 When the land is thirsty – Xeriscaping . . . . . . . . . . .70

lifestyle: Energy Efficiency Grants for Small Businesses . . . 74 Fly Fishing Gears Up for Summer . . . . . . . . . . . .76

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To Sell or Not To Sell: A look at high-end NoCO real estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Shedding Light and Embracing Earth . . . . . . . . 26 Be Surprised by Downtown Greeley . . . . . . 36 A Night out in Greeley . . . 38 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greeley . . . . . 39

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Greeley’s Beloved Stampede . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Urban Color . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

46 Meet the models . . . . . . . .49 Practical Economy: Finding the Best Car in Fort Collins . . . . . . . . . . .50 Drafty Dream Home? Renewablue Has the Answer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56


from our readers . . . . . . . 10 Publisher’s Letter . . . . . .12 Style Files: What Style is raving about this month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

eat: restaurant 415’s amelia mouton . . . . . . . . .


travel: Colorado Wine County is Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Family FOCUS: Top NoCO Summer Activities You Haven’t Tried Yet . . . .86

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a photo tour of nonprofit events . . . . . . . . 92 PS-S Community Breakfast Berthoud Bash | Triumph Awards Beat Beethoven | Black Tie Bingo The Taste FCMOA Masks Gala BBB Torch Awards Kitchen Kaper Meet the Author National Day of Prayer Grit Greengrass Celebration Legacy Night Hope Lives! Pink Boa

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Files Peter Comar, a CPA from Los Angeles, was spotted in Windsor right after our May snow storm. He was here visiting his Northern Colorado clients and found some time to stop by Highland Meadows Golf Course for a club fitting. Peter looks ready to play the course in his Saks Fifth Avenue plaid driving cap. His navy Burberry sweater on top of his blush Ralph Lauren dress shirt is certainly weather appropriate as our spring snow melts away (layers are always a good idea in Colorado – with snow one day and sunshine the next, you never know what our weather will do!). Peter’s neutral pleated dress pants would pair well with just about anything, but my favorite piece to Peter’s outfit must be his shoes! I’m a big fan of Oxfords for men and Peter found the perfect pair from Nordstrom’s (Tod’s Lace-Up Suede Oxfords). Even though he lives in L.A., Peter masters his attire in Colorado’s unpredictable weather.

Do Not Miss These Signature Northern Colorado Summer Festivals June 7 – Greeley Blues Jam www.greeleybluesjam.wordpress.com June 7-8 – Taste of Fort Collins www.tasteoffortcollins.com


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My name is Emily Warren. I grew up in Northern Colorado and I currently live in Fort Collins with my fiancé and dog. I work for a local real estate development company. I decided to start NoCo Street Style because I’ve always had an intrinsic passion for fashion. This column will offer a way to recognize superior fashion sense along the Front Range and act as a mode to celebrate it! Women and men of Northern Colorado, put on your best (dressed) behavior. You may be the next NoCo Street Style feature! Find more on my blog at www.nocostreetstyle.com.

coming attractions August 3 – Gnarly Barley Brew Festival www. gnarlybarleybrewfest.com August 9 - 11 – Loveland Sculpture Invitational www.lovelandsculptureinvitaitonal. org August 10 - 11 – Estes Park’s Heritage Festival www.estesparkcvb.com

June 22-23 – Colorado Brewers’ Festival www.downtownfortcollins.com

August 16 - 18 – 25th Annual Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest www.downtownfortcollins.com

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August 23 - 24 – 2013 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival www.loveland.org

July 12 - 13 – Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews www.e-l-events.org

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Backyard Chickens By Corey Radman

Photo courtesy of Joe Coca

At one point, backyard chickens were not just common, but a citizen’s patriotic duty as dictated by the USDA. “Uncle Sam Expects You to Keep Hens and Raise Chickens,” read the posters from WWI. These days, the practice of keeping a backyard flock is less about patriotism, but still about self-sufficiency and connection to food.

All the World’s a Stage; And love, sweet love, its favorite play’r By Michelle Venus

On stage, their eyes – and souls – met; The Tale of Winter, did they play; Not knowing that their hearts’ fates were set; And love, sweet love, would be their stay. What started as opposite roles; Became side-by-side as their love grew; Joined families, to become whole; And started one anew.

Brian Hughes and Heather Lawrence met in 2004, when they were cast for OpenStage’s production of The Winter’s Tale. She was Hermione and he, Polixenes. And that’s where it all started... Style 2013


business profile

Leslie and Dustin Tanski

A Flavorful Addition to Downtown Fort Collins By Michelle Venus

Within a three-block radius (give or take a half block) in Downtown Fort Collins, foodies can purchase spices, herbs and cooking oils at three different specialty shops and the Food Co-Op. What could possibly motivate someone to open a new business selling the same types of products, virtually smack-dab in the middle of what seems to be an already crowded marketplace?

“Do you know how many Downtown coffee shops we have? How many breweries are in Fort Collins?” asks Dustin Tanski, one of the owners of Crescendo, the newest specialty spice and oil shop to open its doors. The respective answers to the above questions: about 12 and nine (10, if you include Anheuser-Busch). “Every time a new brewery opens, this community applauds. No one thought it was crazy for Fort Collins Brewery to open right down the street from Odell’s and New Belgium. Same story here.” Leslie, Dustin’s wife, explains, “In cities like New York, you have industry-specific districts – the Floral District, the Fashion District, even Chelsea Market – where people can go from store to store to get what they need.” “And they’ll buy from more than one store,” chimes in Dustin. He’s seen customers come in with bags from next-door and across-the-street neighbors, Savory Spice Shop and Rocky Mountain Olive Oil, slung over their arms and leave


with a purchase from Crescendo. “That’s how commerce works,” he says. “Like businesses create more opportunity for consumers and more traffic for business owners. Everybody wins.” It was Dustin’s 40th birthday that instigated it all. After stints in the grocery and fast food industries and working as a teacher, it was time for a life change. The Tanskis discovered VOM FASS during a visit to Jackson Hole. Headquartered in Germany, VOM FASS is the parent company of Crescendo, which has stores all over the world. The Tanskis own the first freestanding Crescendo franchise in the United States. “A lot of people think ‘franchise’ is a dirty word,” says Dustin. “They see franchise and think big box or fast food. But that’s not the way it is. A franchise is just another way for an individual to run a business. When you support a franchise, you’re supporting a local business owner.” For the Tanskis, opening a franchise made

good business sense. A lot of the expensive and time-consuming groundwork was already done for them. The suppliers are in one place. Dustin takes his hat off to Sean Godbey, co-owner of Old Town Spice Shop. “Sean juggles about 50 vendors. I just can’t imagine doing that. VOM FASS makes it very easy for us,” he says with a shake of his head. But what sets Crescendo apart enough from the others to sustain itself? In addition to olive oils sourced from small, family-owned and operated groves in Spain, Italy and France, Crescendo carries a line of cold-pressed nut and seed oils that a shopper would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The Tanskis offer up tastes of Argan, Pistachio and Plum Kernel oils. They both down a small daily spoonful of Black Cumin oil and Leslie swears it helps alleviate her migraines. “We had the opportunity to travel to Italy to meet with some of our suppliers. It was wonderful. They farm using natural processes, sustainable agriculture and ethical sourcing, which is in line with our personal philosophies. We’re so inspired by their passion and commitment,” states Lesli. “And they’re doing what we’ve always wanted to do: work together.” At Crescendo, shoppers are welcome (and encouraged) to taste test every item in the store. The products are stored in casks and amphorae that utilize unique storage and dispensing processes that ensure freshness and give the consumer the ability to purchase only the amount they need. Customers can use bottles and jars supplied by Crescendo or bring their own. In addition to fine food products, Crescendo will whip up custom-blended facial cream. It starts with a base cream, to which oils like Rose Hip, Avocado and Evening Primrose are added. Customers can pick and choose according to their own skin’s needs. Like skin, which changes with the season (and the years), the formulation can be adjusted when necessary. “Crescendo is perfect for us,” says Leslie. Dustin agrees and adds, “And it’s perfect for Fort Collins, too. It’s our goal to help turn this town into a specialty food destination. That’s very exciting.” Crescendo Dustin and Leslie Tanski 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins info@crescendo-foco.com (970) 232-9155

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Keep on Running

By Kay Rios

As MazTech and All-tech Automotive celebrates its 20th year in business and has logged over 57,000 vehicles through its doors, the success is obvious. But owner and president Chuck Jacquinot refuses to take credit.

Loving the Food, Loving the Job

By Carl Simmons

Rex Schweers has been a fan of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit for years. Now, he and wife Brenda Black are creating a whole new generation of fans in Fort Collins. 20

“I’d love to say I’m the reason I’m successful but that would be a lie,” he insists. “If I didn’t have good people around me, I couldn’t have done it. I couldn’t give good customer service without quality employees.” MazTech and All-tech Automotive provides full maintenance service and repairs on all makes and models of autos from lube, oil and filter change, to engine and transmission replacement. “We work on everything from the itty bitty MINI Cooper to one-ton four wheel drives.” That’s why Jacquinot created the joint business name. “We were originally MazTech because we’re certified to perform all services on new and used Mazdas. But people didn’t realize we worked on all cars,” he says. So he added Alltech to the name. “It worked because our car count went up.” Jacquinot has been in the business for several years and, in fact, began working at a Chevy dealership washing cars in 1972. He worked his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming service manager at a Mazda dealership. Under his leadership, the service department was rated in the top 10 nationally and he was one of Mazda’s highest awarded managers. He eventually decided to step out on his own. “I took a business class and told my wife if I did well, I’d open my own business.” In 1993, he opened the business with a partner who he bought out in 2006. The business has grown

“It started for me in the ‘90s,” Rex says. “I worked at a fireplace and patio store in Denver; we sold barbecue smokers and that is where I became interested in smoking meats. I also started going to Dickey’s in Denver during that time. I’ve always loved the taste of their barbecue.” Rex and Brenda opened Dickey’s in Fort Collins in February. Prior to that, Brenda was a licensed nursing home administrator and Rex had been working in sales and marketing for Comcast. Why the switch? “For one reason, we liked the food; we liked the whole concept,” Rex says. “We did the research, and Dickey’s has been a company that’s been on the rise – they’re about to surpass 300 locations nationwide. They’ve had such a successful record, even during the economic slowdown, that we decided we wanted to be a part of it.” Although franchising didn’t begin until the 1990s, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been around for more than 70 years. The Dallas-based restaurant was founded by Travis Dickey in 1941. Today, it’s the largest barbecue chain in the country, including 10 locations in Colorado. “A few things set Dickey’s apart: the dry rubs we use, the procedures we use for smoking and the sauces,” Rex says. “We also have the original Dickey’s sauce – a little bit of tang and a little bit of sweet.” Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

to eight employees along with an increasing client base. Jacquinot’s team has won numerous awards from many major car-manufacturing companies based on a high standard in auto repair services. In addition, MazTech/All-tech Automotive was nominated for the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2012, and has again received the award for 2013. Jacquinot says its equivalent to the Academy Awards for him. “I thank the Chamber for making this happen for all businesses. It’s our Academy for how hard we all work.” He says he doesn’t mind the work. “I have a job I can’t wait to get to every day. I would wish that for everyone.” He advises anyone starting a business to “put on hip waders and go for it. It’s a wonderful experience as long as you are honest and provide a good service and a good product. But,” he adds, “I don’t think any owner can truly claim they made the business. It takes good employees. Mine helped me build the foundation so I could build the house. They’re not just employees, they’re family.” All Tech Automotive/MazTech Chuck Jacquinot, owner 450 Industrial Dr., Fort Collins www.all-techautomotive.com (970) 224-9718

Among the most popular dishes at Dickey’s are the brisket and pulled-pork sandwiches, as well as St. Louis-style pork ribs. “We also have some unique sides that have been real popular, like the fried okra and baked potato casserole,” Rex adds. “A lot of people from Texas live in Fort Collins, and we’ve gotten great responses. They’ve told us, ‘It’s great to have a place with authentic Texas barbecue around here.’ One woman even told us, ‘It’s perfect. I’m home.’” Rex and Brenda have also gone out of their way to make Dickey’s a family-friendly place. “We offer ‘kids eat free’ on Sunday, and free ice cream for kids of all ages every day – there’s soft serve in the dining room.” Catering is another huge part of the business – “anything from 10 people on up,” Rex says. “We offer box-lunch and delivery catering, as well as full-service catering.” “Eventually,” Rex says, “we’d like to expand to a second location. Dickey’s is always testing new things, and they have some things they’ll be rolling out soon. They don’t stay stagnant; they always keep things fresh.” Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Rex Schweers and Brenda Black, owners 2721 S. College Ave., Fort Collins dickeysfortcollins@gmail.com (970) 797-2610 Style 2013


Coldwell Banker Associate Broker, Shirley Watson, (right) looks over plans with her assistant, Merilee Ott.

To Sell or Not To Sell

A look at high-end NoCO real estate By Corey Radman

We’ve all heard anecdotes about homes that are greeted by the real estate market with multiple, same-day offers. Those homes tend to be in the $250,000 to $350,000 range. It’s great news for the region, but does it apply to homeowners in the $500,000s and above?


es, but... says real estate broker associate, Dennis Schick. “We are seeing an uptick on the market for the higher end. We are not seeing it open up like a home sale in the $200,000s and $300,000s. There are a lot more buyers at that level and a lack of inventory. But, if a home above $500,000 is priced properly, it sells immediately. We’re seeing contracts within 30 days, typically. And most importantly, those sales all close.” Schick says contracts at this level rarely fall apart due to the sophistication of experienced buyers and sellers. What this disparity at different tiers means is that the ice has completely broken up in the entry level home buying market (which in Northern Colorado is $250,000 to $300,000). The competition at that level is driving some buyers up to more expensive homes. Good news for people at the higher end.


Plus, there is an influx of out-of-state homebuyers new to the area. Dave Muth, Broker Associate/Partner at The Group, Inc., cites both relocating professionals and grandparents as his top two transplant clients. He says, “I’m finally seeing people from Florida, Sedona and California who can afford to sell their homes.” He explains that because markets in locations like California plummeted, it took a while for those buyers to regain the value of their homes. “My out-of-state imports come for family, first and foremost. People who want to be closer to their grandkids are moving here. But I’m also seeing an uptick in employment relocation like JBS Swift executives who are moving here.” Muth agrees with Schick’s comments that the mid-range and upper-end homes are slowly coming back but don’t match the lower tier activity levels. At the $1 million mark, business is growing but at a far more sedate level than anything else. “I don’t think the confidence is there yet, but we are moving inventory,” Muth says. “Be patient. It will happen.”

Economy Slowed Sales

According to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reports, 17 homes over $1 million sold in Fort Collins in 2008. By the end of 2010, that number was seven. Last year, eight homes in that range sold. As of May 1 2013, one home in Fort Collins sold for $1.2 million dollars, but the season is just beginning. Muth indicates a smaller pool of buyers and financing both impacted the slow down. Loans over $417,000 are considered nonconventional, or jumbo loans. He says after 2009, those loans were very expensive and difficult to obtain, but that is becoming less so now. “It’s more advantageous for these higher end buyers to buy now than in the last few years. That [jumbo loan] rate is really, really good now. It’s like free money. I have a lot of clients that could pay in cash, but I’m telling them ‘You can probably keep your cash and make more money with it than what you’d be paying in interest on a house.’ Plus, the write off is good, too.” Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Shirley Watson, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker took a look at the overall Fort Collins market to provide her assessment. “Between $500,000 to $750,000, there are 82 active listings with 21 presently under contract. In this price range we had 104 sales over the last year. These figures indicate a six month supply which is a fairly strong seller’s market,” she says. “At $750,000 to $1,000,000, we presently have 26 active listings with four under contract. Over the last year, 18 sold. This translates to a little over a year’s supply which is a fairly balanced market.” She agrees that the $1 million-plus market is steadily getting stronger. “Everything hinges on correct pricing, staging and marketing aggressively.”


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All the brokers consulted agreed that upper level homes are market ready when they list. “Deferred maintenance isn’t really an issue at this level,” Muth explains. “Sellers at the point are typically on their sixth or seventh house.” Thus, houses coming to market are pristine and boast posh amenities like polished finishes, updated kitchens and bathrooms, water features and unique landscaping. Schick advises buyers to get an appraisal from a real estate professional. “Let the market set your price,” he cautions, “Don’t let media hype artificially inflate your asking price. You’re competing against houses that are pristine and market ready.” Not heeding this advice may result in a house that sits unsold for way too

David Muth, Broker Associate/Partner, The Group Inc.


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long. He adds that professional cleaning, staging, and photography are the norm. Watson says strategy in marketing counts. “When listing or selling any property, I approach the marketing program with four key goals – quality, consistency, collaboration and diversity. Each marketing package is produced with professional photos, video, graphics and detail for the purpose of capturing the interests of potential buyers. I am consistent in placement and distribution and work closely with sellers and other realtors to develop the very best direction for my clients. I employ a variety of strategies to reach buyers – from social media to tailored events.” Muth agrees. So much so, that he fronts the professional staging costs himself. Though he cautions sellers to be patient. “This [$1 million] market doesn’t have five showings a week. Be ready, have the lights going, the music going, the house picked up. My job is to get buyers to the door. The seller’s job is to get them to love the house. We want every showing to be A+. Commercial real estate is all about numbers, but residential real estate is about emotion. We want people to fall in love with your house.” Overall, the housing market in Northern Colorado avoided the big bubble bursts that were endemic on the coasts. Because of that, there wasn’t too far to go to correct to fair market value. According to Schick, the lower tiered markets are back to where they should be. The $500,000 and above is working toward that balance.

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Schick says that the demand between residential re-sale and new construction is fairly balanced. “There are still a few deals to be had, but for the most part people are shopping for value. Especially with new construction, it’s fun to see people achieve the house they have always dreamed of.” The new hot spots appear to be golf course-based homes. Harmony Club and Highland Meadows, both east of I-25, are filling up with amazing construction. Jerry Allen, owner of J. Allen Construction Company, says he has been completely blown away by the demand for houses in 2013. “I’ve been building high-end custom homes for 33 years. The last four years have been really slow, but just this year, I’ve seen a big-time increase. The difference between 2012 and 2013 is day and night.” Allen figures that owners were waiting to see if the economy would change post-election and have decided that market conditions are stable enough to build the house of their dreams. “They’re saying, ‘I’m not waiting any longer.’” Allen predicts that based on his early season in 2013, he might exceed his high at the market peak in 2008. If you have been waiting to buy or sell a high-end home, it seems the moment you have been waiting for has arrived. Watson says, “I would advise anyone thinking about selling to move forward. The Northern Colorado market is definitely heating up. That activity is a tribute to the amenities available here. The location, views, quality of life, and general sense of community, all of these factors contribute to the growing value of our housing market.”

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Shedding Light

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By Michelle Venus

A picture really does speak a thousand words for Kay Donelson. The concept boards she created when she and husband Andy were planning the house they just built north of fort collins clearly articulated their vision to their architect and builder.


art of that vision was to build a sustainable and energy efficient home. And that starts with someone who helps make dreams come true: the architect. Greg Fischer worked with the Donelsons for nearly six months designing their green home. “They came with a lot of ideas, a lot of images that they collected from resources like Houzz.com and other collections. Kay, especially, spent hours and hours researching design concepts that she and Andy liked and wanted to incorporate into their house,” says Fischer. “My job is to marry those hopes and dreams that the Donelson’s have with their budget and also within the site.” The site set the tone for the home’s exterior. The original images Kay and Andy clipped leaned toward the Prairie School style, which originated in the Midwest with architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, and was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But Fischer felt the characteristics that hallmark the movement – the use of horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad eaves and windows assembled in horizontal bands – were too formal for the rural setting and took inspiration from the existing sheds on the property. Low-pitched roofs, reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing and corrugated roofing harken to the agrarian roots of the property. In fact, the name of the home, Shedding Light

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speaks not only to the simple forms of the outbuildings but also to the home’s passive solar capabilities. Proper orientation of the home on the site contributes to the passive solar design of the residence. The east-west axis of the house was elongated so that both the southern and northern exposures were as large as possible. Large southfacing windows let in light (and mountain views), which helps heat the interior in the winter when the sun is lower on the horizon. Fewer windows on the northern exposures control heat loss on the naturally colder side of the structure. Overhangs help lessen how much sun comes in during the summer months, ensuring that the home isn’t overheating. Lee Barker was the general contractor on the project. His company, Lee Barker Builder, has been building energy efficient residences in Northern Colorado for over 10 years. Barker firmly believes in passive solar design. “It can reduce heat consumption by up to 50 percent, especially when you factor in the glazing on the windows. These windows are specially glazed to let in half the heat gain of a normal Low-E window,” he explains. Low-E, meaning ‘low emissivity’ is an extremely thin layer of metallic particles, or more commonly several layers, applied to the glass that allows the glass to act like a sieve. Long wavelengths, or heat, are filtered out, while short wavelengths (the visible light spectrum) are allowed to pass through. Simply put, Low-E windows keep the house


warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Andy’s dream was to have a home heated and cooled with a geothermal system, and as a manufacturing specialist at Woodward, he appreciates the technology. “We had three 300-foot wells drilled to provide the geothermal,” he explains. Geothermal systems work by using the thermal energy of the earth. Below the frost line, approximately 10 feet down, the earth maintains a constant temperature of about 54º. Since this is warmer than the air temperatures in winter and cooler than summer temperatures, it is an efficient way to heat and cool a home. Pipes, called a heat exchanger, are dropped into the wells and filled with a solution of water and antifreeze that absorb the earth’s heat. These pipes loop back to the house and go through a heat pump that warms the air. In the summer, the system works in reverse: the warm above-ground air is cooled by the lower temperatures of the fluids running through the heat exchanger. Shedding Light uses a forced air system to circulate both the heated and cooled air. “Yes, it was more expensive to have the geothermal system installed,” admits Andy. “It costs about $38,000, whereas an HVAC system using gas or electric is closer to $15,000. But we won’t have any monthly heating or cooling bills. Eventually, the system will pay for itself.” Insulation plays a big part in energy efficiency. So does the 2x6 construction. Barker explains, “the 2x6 construction allows for thicker insulation

Left: Andy and Kay Donelson had a vision for sustainable home – one that included a respect for the land surrounding them. Right: Throughout the custom home repurposed materials and energy efficient features make the home a spectacular mix of beauty and smart design.

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Builder Lee Barker (center), with his son, Alex (left), and architect Greg Fischer, says the overall design hinged on a respect for the earth. A geothermal system with hot and cold storage tanks heats and cools the home efficiently.

than standard 2x4 construction, and that translates into a higher R-value.” Higher R-values reduce the rate of heat loss through walls, ceilings and floors. Barker chose blown fiberglass insulation for Shedding Light. While Andy was concentrating on systems and functionality, Kay was concentrating on making the house beautiful. The gourmet kitchen is a central feature. Not only is it smack dab in the middle of the house, it features professional grade appliances. There are no upper cabinets; instead, the Donelson’s chose to have a broad expanse of windows (southfacing) that look out across the property towards the mountains. An adjacent butler’s pantry provides additional storage with matching cabinetry. Living happens on the main level. Though the Donelson’s have a full basement, they don’t have to descend the stairs to function on a daily basis. “That was intentional,” says Kay. “We wanted to build a home that would allow us to age in place. We planned features, like wider hallways, that will allow for a wheelchair if that ever becomes necessary.” The master bath, with its walk-in shower, can accommodate life changes as well. Lee Barker points to the small footprint of the house as another one of its sustainability features. “So many houses have floor plans that take up a lot of space,” he says. “This house, at just over 1,900 square feet on the living level, doesn’t occupy a large space. It’s respectful of the earth.” Kay, a second year beekeeper, has her own plans that will respect the earth. With an irrigation ditch running through the property, the Donelson’s are creating a riparian habitat for the many species of birds that pass through (and over) the property. Ultimately they’d like to add chickens, goats, alpaca and perhaps a pig to their existing menagerie of three little pugs. “I’ve always wanted property,” says Kay. “My family had a ranch outside of Austin and my Dad always respected the property and talked about how much it meant to him. I guess that made an impact on me.” Dad would be proud. Michelle Venus is freelance writer residing in Fort Collins.


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Be Surprised by Downtown Greeley By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

The founders of Greeley, Colorado, are turning over in the graves. Why? The teetotaler founders would be shocked to learn that the state’s first open-container policy was successfully implemented in downtown Greeley last summer and will continue this year.


reeley’s history is unlike any other town along the Front Range. Founded in 1870 by a colonization company called the Union Colony of Colorado, the union wanted people of “high moral standards and money” to join the colony in the Colorado territory. Three thousand individuals joined up and established Greeley. The Greeley History Museum, housed in the former home of the Greeley Tribune, a beaux-arts style 1929 building, is a treasure trove of stories about the growth of the city. The downtown history museum and Centennial Village, a living history museum at Island Grove, are two places definitely worth a visit. Like countless other municipalities, Greeley took a big hit during the recession, but made headlines when their recovery outpaced most of Colorado and the rest of the country. “It’s ironic because a lot of the growth in downtown started just before the recession. However, the rent was reasonable enough here that small business owners were able to hang on,” says


Pam Bricker, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and owner of Mariposa Plants in downtown Greeley. Bricker, and her office, led the charge to bring the open-container policy to downtown Greeley. Greeley was the first community in Colorado to implement the policy, now called Go-Cup. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) received no resistance from the City of Greeley, and in fact, the city council voted unanimously to allow Go-Cup on 9th Street Plaza every week during Friday Fest. The system is complex, but at the end of the day it means that during Friday Fest visitors to downtown Greeley may purchase an alcoholic drink at one of the establishments inside the Go-Cup perimeter and may walk outside the bar or restaurant to drink it. The founders of Greeley wanted to establish a community of “moral upright folks,” and they did. Today’s residents still do business with a handshake, support education and attend the Greeley Philharmonic on a regular basis. Go-Cup hasn’t turned Greeley into Vegas, but it has added new vibrancy to downtown. Ryan Gentry, owner of The Penalty Box and

three other downtown establishments, says he’s never seen anything like it. “Go-Cup has been a very, very positive experience. We have never seen, on a consistent basis, so many people and families coming to downtown Greeley to appreciate live music and the Go-Cup experience. We have not had one issue, and as far as business goes, I think it has been very profitable for everyone downtown.” The goal of Go-Cup is bigger than getting people to downtown on Fridays. The expectation was that the new policy would help people discover downtown and come back again and again, and it is working. However, it’s not just Go-Cup enticing folks downtown. The recent opening of the Chophouse has made an impact on visits. “The response to the restaurant has been very positive,” says Tim Veldhuizen, the owner of the Chophouse. “The number of people who have thanked me for taking a chance on Greeley is really amazing.” The Kress Cinema & Lounge has been drawing people downtown since 2008, and manager John Jankow likes the vibe he’s feeling in downtown. “It’s become a kind of fun little mini-community,” Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Greeley’s downtown is gaining a new vitality as new businesses move in and the Go-Cup opencontainer policy has created a new excitement and community feel.

he says. “This is not a huge downtown, but there’s quite a variety of stuff you can do, and it seems like it just continues to grow and expand. It’s got the small town feel, but the businesses showing up down here are giving it more of an exciting, 21st Century feel.” The combination of storefronts and restaurants that have opened in downtown Greeley attract a variety of ages and demographics. The DDA reports an increased number of university students in downtown, as well as young professionals and more families. Two large downtown projects are causing a stir of excitement in Greeley, and the first is a hotel and convention center in the works; the Request for Proposal has already been issued by the City of Greeley in partnership with the DDA. “There is an interested party,” says Sarah MacQuiddy, president of the Greeley Chamber. “Talk about a game changer. This will be something that will really change the complexion of downtown and we’re on pins and needles.” Hotel rooms in Greeley have been hard to come by since the oil and gas workers began flooding the city. It’s been good for business, however, it has prevented Visit Greeley from enticing convention business to the city – a new hotel and convention center will change this. Another major project in the works is the redevelopment of the 8th Avenue corridor between downtown and the University of Northern Colorado campus. The stretch of 8th Avenue between historic downtown and 16th Street is not as attractive and inviting as the area around the university and downtown, and the city’s goal is to visually tie the two areas together. The multi-year project includes bulb outs on the corners, benches, better lighting, trees and planters. Style 2013

It will become a pedestrian friendly route that will make it easier for people from the university area to access downtown Greeley and vice versa. The success of Greeley can be attributed to many things, but at the top of the list is a consensus among the various groups working on behalf of the city and downtown. Open communication is encouraged by MacQuiddy who leads a group made up of individuals from Upstate Economic Development, City of Greeley Economic Development, the Small Business Center, the DDA and the Chamber. The group meets regularly to discuss a variety of issues. “Collaboration is critical,” says Bricker, whose office receives daily calls from communities interested in implementing Go-Cup. “We included everyone in the process of establishing Go-Cup. We didn’t do this in a vacuum.” Communication and collaboration is how Greeley has achieved success at a time when downtowns across the U.S. have been struggling to stay relevant. They have a focused purpose and goal and people willing to look at the big picture without getting caught up in individual achievement or credit. Perhaps as a Greeley newcomer, Veldhuizen summed it up best: “It’s been amazing to learn about all of the business activity here and the interesting things going on in Greeley. I’ve experienced a really interesting and pleasant introduction to the city and downtown. Greeley is a real hidden gem.” Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer from Loveland, Colorado. She is also the founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for information on Colorado festivals and travel.



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Greeley By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer Visiting Greeley’s vibrant downtown during Friday Fest is a unique way to experience the city. The new Go-Cup policy allows visitors to purchase alcoholic beverages at various bars and restaurants inside the Go-Cup perimeter and to walk outside with drink in hand. Friday Fest is every Friday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and always features a live band on 9th Street Plaza. This summer will offer even more activities for families. “We have really ramped up what we do for the kids and this year we have a lot of stuff planned,” says Pam Bricker, executive director of the Greeley Downtown Development Authority. “Friday Fest is a safe and fun thing to do with kids. There’s no traffic. The entrances are being monitored, and it has become a really wonderful night for all ages.” There are a number of eateries in downtown Greeley, but the new Chophouse, a high-end steak restaurant, serving Colorado-grown beef, has already garnered a loyal group of patrons. Start your evening here with an artisanal cheese plate followed by a perfectly cooked center cut New York strip. Ask your knowledgeable server to recommend a wine pairing for your meal. After dinner, walk around the corner for a little music on the plaza during Friday Fest; it could be jazz, blues or rock-n-roll. To keep tabs on First Friday and everything happening in downtown Greeley go to GreeleyDowntown.com. There are a variety of entertainment options beyond 9th Street Plaza. Catch a movie at The Kress Cinema & Lounge, an art movie house located in a beautifully appointed historic building on 8th Avenue. The Kress features musicians in the lounge every weekend evening and there’s never a cover. In addition to the usual movie-theater treats, The Kress has a full menu and a bar, so that you may indulge in a cocktail or snack before or during the film. Late night movies on Fridays and Sundays are free. Perhaps you’d prefer checking out the newest and most exciting addition to the downtown scene. The Moxi recently opened where the Union Colony Dinner Theatre used to operate, and the upstairs location has been remodeled, but the new owner has retained the beautiful bar that looks out across 9th Street Plaza. Open until 2 a.m. this new music venue is just one more place to explore in downtown Greeley. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer from Loveland, Colorado. She is also the founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for information on Colorado festivals and travel.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greeley By Emily Hutto EDUCATION



Greeley has been nationally recognized for education at all levels: University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, private training schools, academies, and a variety of K-12 options.

Over 40 new downtown businesses have opened from January 2010 to April 2013 (net number of new businesses).






Greeley was ranked as one of the top 8 places in the country to retire by Where to Retire magazine.

The Poudre River and Sheep Draw Trails offer over 21 miles of biking, running, walking, canoeing and educational opportunities.





Greeley has over 40 neighborhood and community parks, open space areas, dog parks, skate parks and conservation areas.

The Greeley Philharmonic, one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the nation, just celebrated its 100th season.







Over 2,100 new jobs were announced and over $331 million in business investments were made in Greeley 2011 to 2013.

School District 6 ranks all-time 4th for number of Boettcher Scholars among all school districts in the State. Greeley Central High ranks all-time 2nd overall





Greeley’s Creative Arts District is designated as one of eight emerging districts in Colorado.

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100 North Colorado Medical Center/Banner Health consistently ranks in the top 100 hospitals in the nation.


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Greeley’s Beloved Stampede By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Residents of Greeley are proud of the Stampede, an event that has been a part of the city’s fabric since 1922, and there are few events in Colorado with a history as long and as rich as the Greeley Stampede.


t began as a one-day rodeo called Spud Rodeo, a nod to the potato crops in the area. By 1945, the rodeo had become a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, or PRCA, and by 1950, it was a weeklong festival. The event has had several names, but in 2004 it officially became the Greeley Stampede. While pie eating contests and bucking broncos are still part of the festivities, today, the Stampede is a mega concert event, attracting the biggest stars in country music and rock-n-roll to Island Grove Regional Park in north Greeley. While the Stampede has been a boost to the Greeley economy and reputation over the years,


drawing a quarter of a million people to the city, the mid-2000s saw a downturn in attendance. In the past, visitors would attend four to five rodeos during the Stampede and multiple concerts. During the mid-2000s, however, many people chose to attend only one rodeo and only one concert. “In the past couple years we have seen attendance grow again,” says Kyle Holman, a Greeley Stampede board member. “We feel this is largely in part due to an initiative to re-engage the community.” Several years ago, the Stampede decided it was time to re-engage the community and share the event’s mission with a broader audience. The

charge was led by then chairman, Ron Wildeman. Wildeman, along with other members of the Stampede committee and staff visited numerous service clubs, groups and organizations to give presentations, hold question and answers sessions, and offer personal invitations to these groups to take part in the Stampede. “Among other things, free community barbeques were held,” says Holman. “The Stampede really reached out and made the event about the community.” Attendance in 2012 was up 15 percent from 2010, and the Stampede plans a continued growth pattern of 2.5 to 3 percent every year. As the Stampede regains its footing in the new Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

economy, Holman believes that a major aspect of the Stampede’s economic impact on Greeley flies under the radar. “In 2012 the Stampede paid out over $75,000 to local service clubs, youth groups, churches, etc. for things like parking cars, chair set-up in the arena, trash clean up, admission ticket takers and the list goes on,” he says. For those individuals who have been attending the Stampede for many years, the event holds a special place in their hearts, and many cherished memories. Holman’s best Stampede memories are all music-related, and without a doubt, the concert aspect of this event is a major draw. Past performers have included Kenny Chesney, Def Leppard and Kid Rock. This year’s musical lineup has something for everyone. Performers include Trace Adkins with Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann with LoCash Cowboys, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos and Alejandro Escovedo, Lynyrd Skynyrd with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ and Josh Turner with Morgan Frazier. The PRCA Pro Rodeo has always been at the heart of the Stampede and takes place over a six day period. While the rodeo is at the heart, the parade is definitely a Stampede highlight. The 91st Annual Greeley Independence Stampede Parade will take place July 4, starting at 9 a.m. It is one of the largest Independence Day parades in the U.S., and people have been known to stake out prime viewing spots along the parade route days in advance. Another draw to the event is the 14th Annual Stampede Western Invitational Art Show and Sale running June 27 through July 7. The art show and sale features 39 artists from around the country. More than 200 original pieces of art will be showcased including paintings and sculpture. This year, Chris Navarro, a rodeo competitor who has been sculpting professionally since 1986, is in the show. Navarro is best known for his large monumental sculptures, and his “Champion Lane Frost,” a bull rider, is displayed on the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo grounds in Wyoming. He also has sculptures on display at the Stampede Rodeo Arena in Greeley, in Aspen, and soon there will be a Navarro piece on the Colorado State University Campus, commissioned by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture. Proceeds from the art sale help to fund educational scholarships in Northern Colorado for high school seniors. This year’s goal is to complete $1,000,000 in sales during the first 14 years of the art show. The Western Invitational Art Show and Sale is open daily until 9 p.m. in the Event Lobby at Island Grove Regional Park during the Greeley Stampede. In addition to the major events happening at the Stampede there’s also a carnival, a daily parade, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July and many activities for children of all ages. The Greeley Stampede takes place June 27 through July 7 at Island Grove Regional Park. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets go to GreeleyStampede.org. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer from Loveland, Colorado. She is also the founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for information on Colorado festivals and travel. Style 2013


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Ray is handsome and trendy in a Franky Max striped button up shirt with contrast cuff and black piping, $39, and a micro modal v-neck tee by UNCL, $39, over Postage “Triumph” dark denim slim leg jeans, $128. Courtesy of Coast to Coast, Loveland.


Breanna sizzles in this bright yellow tank with peplum, $52, over vintage skinny leg “The Gerri” Joes Jean, $159. She adds a Caroline Hill multi strand acrylic and metal necklace, $32, a FJ leather strap rose gold watch, $35, and Caroline Hill hammered stretch bracelet, $14, Caroline Hill bangle with rhinestones, $31, and Funky Junque cord pave rhinestone bracelet, $13. Courtesy of Coast to Coast, Loveland.

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Christa shows spunk in a Convexity seamed breaker tank, $198, and NSF destroyed denim shorts, $187. A leather moto Old Stud belt, $198, and Old Stud leather cuff bracelets, $45 and $50, add just the right finish. Courtesy of Tula, Fort Collins.

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Raihna shines in a vibrant floral flutter sleeve blouse by Ivy Jane, $90, and sexy black ankle leggings, $68. A Maria’s Tagua nut red heart-shaped bracelet, $20, and teardrop earrings, $19, and Lize’s charm bracelet, $59, add the finishing touch. Courtesy of Lady Gaia, Fort Collins.

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Breanna feels carefree wearing an easy black snug sleeveless ruched top by Belldini, $39, and flattering waist tucked Daylyn skirt in ombre peach and charcoal with white cream flowers from Adventura, $72.50. Courtesy of Lady Gaia, Fort Collins.


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Meet The Models Ray Hornback Ray is a hairstylist at Studio Be Salon. He is married to Paige. When he is not working at the salon, he enjoys drumming, painting and fashion. “The clothes [from Coast to Coast] were awesome! They were a super high quality and on trend. Modeling was a fun experience! I love the creative process of working on photo shoots.” Raihna Kaylor Raihna is a hairstylist at Studio Be. She is married to Brennan. When she is not creating beautiful hairstyles, she enjoys painting, decorating, makeup and baking. “Getting to work next to my co-workers and friends always make the style experience enjoyable and creatively thought out. I loved the outfits – great for dressing up or down. They were modern and edgy. I think the stores were great to work with and the styling experience made me feel so great.” Christa Stumpf Christa is a hairstylist at Studio Be. As a secondgeneration stylist, she has been playing with hair since she was little. “I got the inspiration from my mom.” When not at the salon, she enjoys bike rides and hiking. “Beth Weber (owner of Studio Be) has a perfect eye for not only hair but makeup as well. Tula was such a fun experience… it is such a beautiful store. The modeling experience was excellent. The photographer was very friendly and great at giving direction. He made me very comfortable at the shoot.”

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Raihna takes this ensemble to the next level with a sharp Elizabeth and James suit with Jamie blazer, $465, and Stevie short, $225. A Moto tied leather belt, $198, white ring, $150, and Melissa Joy silver earrings, $75, add edge to the look. Courtesy of Tula, Fort Collins.

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Breanna White Breanna is a hairstylist at Studio Be. “I am so blessed to be doing what I love, hair!” When she is not having fun at Studio Be, she enjoys being outside and spending time with family. “At Lady Gaia, we had so much fun playing around with jewelry. Coast to Coast boutique was also amazing! I have found my new favorite store. Caroline was amazing at helping me style and mix and match.” “The modeling experience was fun! I am so used to being behind the scenes with hair and makeup that it was a treat to be in front of the camera and getting my hair and makeup done!”


Practical Economy Finding the Best Car in Fort Collins By Carl Simmons

While automotive sales have been picking up steadily in Fort Collins over the past year, the mantra among consumers remains: It’s the economy, stupid. Buyers are still looking for cars that make sense economically, as well as fit their practical needs.


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t’s still early, obviously, but things are moving in the right direction,” says Mike Croce, general sales manager of Pedersen Toyota Scion. Croce reports a 20-percent increase in sales from 2011 to 2012, and expects double-digit growth again this year.

“Our biggest sellers are our fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrids, especially the Prius,” Croce adds. “Last year, three models were added to the Prius family – the Prius C, a smaller version of the Prius; the Prius V, the full-size wagon version; and the Prius Plug-in, which is the same size as the original Prius but can run exclusively off a charge. Since late 2011, Toyota has added 13 models that are either redesigned or completely brand new, and that’s really helped us grow.” This growth has helped Pedersen to be awarded its seventh straight Toyota’s Presidents Award, in recognition of its sales performance and commitment to customer satisfaction. Also, Croce says, having to choose between an energy-efficient car and a larger sports utility vehicle (SUVs) is becoming more of a false dilemma. “The Camry and Avalon hybrids both get more than 40MPG, which is phenomenal for a car that size. We still sell larger vehicles, like the Sequoia and the Land Cruiser, but with options

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like the Highlander hybrid, they can have both size and fuel efficiency.” Croce also notes that current conditions for purchasing a new vehicle have improved considerably. “Auto lending was really tight and difficult to obtain, but lenders are becoming more flexible. They’re being smart, but they’ve also gotten more creative, and offer some superlow rates for both selling and leasing. “Our feeling is, there’s a lot of pent-up demand over the last four to five years, where people have needed to hang onto their old vehicles,” Croce adds. “Over the last 12 to 18 months, we’re seeing people get back into the buying cycle, and it looks like that will be the trend for at least the next two to three years.” Roger Belisle, general manager at Markley Motors, echoes those sentiments. “The average age of all cars in the U.S. is 11½ years, which means manufacturers are making better cars. People don’t have to trade as often. But those cars are getting old now, and people are ready to buy new ones.” Markley specializes in Hondas, Buicks and GMCs, as well as used cars and trucks. “Our biggest seller is the CR-V, which is a small SUV, then Accord and Civic, then GMC trucks,” Belisle says. “The small crossover utility vehicles (CUVs), which are sports utility vehicles built on a car frame, are becoming very popular. Buick came out with the Encore, for example, so there’s a lot



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of competition in that marketplace. “The economy of a sports utility vehicle has become pretty good,” Belisle adds. “Not everyone can fit into an economy car. A GMC Yukon actually gets about 20 MPH; a lot of people don’t know that because they used to get more around 10 MPH. All cars have gotten a lot more fuel-efficient.” As a result, the future is looking bright at Markley. “So far, we’re 10 percent over sales last year, and service is up about 20 percent,” Belisle says. “We’ll sell about 2,600 new and used cars and trucks this year, and that would make it a pretty good year.” John Dellenbach, retail operations/marketing director at Dellenbach Motors, is also reporting an upswing. “Overall, unit sales are up 10 percent from last year. We’re in the midst of a large remodel at our Chevrolet store, so in a time of construction we’re happy with these results. “There has been a surprisingly broad range of bestsellers,” Dellenbach adds. “Subaru in general has been very popular; Chevy trucks, Traverse, Equinox, and Cruze have been top sellers; and Cadillac ATS and SRX have been selling very well lately.” Dellenbach too notes, “Fuel economy is constantly on the minds of consumers. However, if a family needs the space of a large SUV like a Suburban, that’s what they’ll buy. If someone’s pulling a fifth wheel or horse trailer, a diesel truck is still the best choice. Consumers are interested in finding the best fuel economy, but even more


concerned about how the vehicle will fit in with their lifestyle. “We’re such an outdoor/recreation demographic in Northern Colorado that smaller vehicles don’t have the utility offerings of trucks, crossovers and sport utility vehicles. We’re truly thankful to be able to offer something for everyone, between our Chevrolet, Cadillac and Subaru lines.” Dellenbach also expects improved sales for the foreseeable future. “We’re lucky to live in Northern Colorado, and to be part of a community that has so many good things going for it. The area’s attracting new residents and businesses, and our city’s progressive programs and charitable influence is keeping our economic engine running.” Used-car purchases have also been on the rise. Highline Motors, which features high-end used cars, is in fact doing so well that it’s been hard to keep up with inventory. “Sales have been good,” says company president Peppe DeMarco. “March was a fantastic month for us. We’ve done well with everything. In fact, inventory has been a little light; there’s a shortage of good used cars. “Our cars are a little different,” DeMarco notes. “We’re a niche market in Northern Colorado, mostly imports. Lexis has been our biggest seller, along with Mini-Coopers, Acuras and Audis. The demand for later-model high-end used cars has been on the rise. The economy was in the tank a little bit, and if people aren’t selling their cars, then there’s not enough cars for us to sell. We’re constantly looking for cars, both in state

and out of state.” Despite the current challenges of finding great used cars for customers, DeMarco notes that it’s a good challenge to have. “From my perspective, I’m proud of the fact that we’ve been here 17 years. We’re a little different from any used car dealership around, and it’s a niche that’s been working for us for years.”

Dellenbach Motors 3111 S. College Ave., Fort Collins 970-226-2438 www.dellenbach.com

Highline Motors 4321 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins 970-206-9963 www.highlineweb.com

Markley Motors 3401 S. College Ave, Fort Collins 1-888-480-5167 www.markleymotors.com

Pedersen Toyota Scion 4455 S. College Ave., Fort Collins 970-688-4358 www.pedersentoyota.com

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of rebate, local, state or federal, even when incorporated into the mortgage. Most qualify for at least two types of rebates... and you get to double/triple dip! Renewablue will always take care of all the rebate filing for our customers,” Mitchell says.

Drafty Dream Home? Renewablue Has the Answer By Tracee Sioux

When house hunting, buyers often intentionally overlook fundamental aspects of their dream home. Many times buyers have the money to buy an existing home, but not to remodel it with energy efficient appliances, new windows and insulation.


hen considering replacing drafty windows, laying better insulation in crawl spaces and attics, installing new furnaces, water heaters and air conditioners homebuyers start to panic as the extraneous costs add up. Squinting to look past imperfections is the default. It’s not until a new owner gets their first August electric bill or January gas bill that the true cost hits home. Only then do they attempt to budget for the Energy Star appliances and look into rebates for energy efficient upgrades. “No one wants to figure out just how much money they are wasting,” says James Welch Mitchell, broker-partner at The Group Inc., who used to offer free energy assessments to his clients. Renewablue The issue is financing. Buyers getting their ducks in a row with mortgage lenders often don’t have enough left over to make the upgrades. Buyers who can’t afford to upgrade and retrofit don’t want to lose their new home high, by exposing the home’s flaws before the honeymoon even starts. Mitchell spearheaded Renewablue as a way to


make energy updates on existing homes accessible and financeable. With The Group as a licensed provider and founding supporter, Renewablue manages home energy assessments and helps homeowners incorporate upgrades into their mortgages. Further, they file or provide appropriate paperwork for tax rebates, credits and deductions for homeowners. Add lower monthly utility costs and you’re faced with a full circle of savings for homebuyers that seemed inaccessible before. Oh, and the environment benefits in the process. Cash Flow, Energy Flow When upgrades are rolled into the mortgage the cost feels nominal to buyers. For a round estimate, calculate $5 tacked onto the mortgage payment for every $1,000 spent. It should be noted that you will pay interest over the life of the loan on upgrades, but many homeowners feel it’s worth it. Buyers will save more than $5 on electric and gas bills per month with simple and cost-effective upgrades. Add to that the tax savings with city, federal and state incentives designed to promote energy efficiency and homebuyers really feel like they are making a budget-conscious choice. “Most upgrades qualify for at least one type

Little Fixes, Big Savings Renewablue focuses on the buyers’ Return on Investment (ROI) in their reports. The best ROI can be found in insulation, air sealing, weather stripping and tightening the envelop of a house. This can run $3,000 to $8,000 depending on the amount of air flowing and the size of the home. Mitchell has upgraded his own home. The first thing he did was to install $2,000 of insulation, slated to save $30 a month in energy costs. He also made improvements with air sealing, ductwork, windows and crawl space insulation. The number one return on investment, says Mitchell, is a NEST thermostat. The thermostat runs off a smart phone and constantly learns the behavior and lifestyle of inhabitants, self-adjusting. The cost is $250, a savings you could see in one year of energy bill reduction. Renewablue’s next line of attack is water resource savings and Energy Star appliances. Installing high efficiency washers, dishwashers and water heaters can make a huge difference, as can xeriscaping properties. “The first focus is on conserving energy already being used in a home. You don’t want to put solar panels up if you’re going to be wasting 40 percent of your heat from a poorly insulated attic,” warns Mitchell. Mitchell did, however, install solar panels on his existing home. “The solar panels create enough electricity to offset 100 percent of our annual electricity usage. We didn’t pay a dime for the lease or install, and all of our money goes to support solar based energy, not coal based,” Mitchell says. Free, For Now Renewablue’s services are being offered through The Group at no charge, for now. The program is available to both buyers and sellers who want to improve the marketability of their homes. Mitchell’s vision, however, is to streamline the process and expand, giving everyone access to the system. A parallel mission of Renewablue is to create a standard process for appraisals of energy efficiency. This will help home sellers and buyers determine the true value of homes that have invested in cost-saving energy upgrades. “A Renewablue energy assessment is a very seamless and simple process that just makes sense based on dollar savings, increased comfort and having a healthier home,” says Mitchell. “What we aim to do is bring organization and clarity to the process of retrofitting a home at the most natural point, at the point of sale.” Tracee Sioux is an Authentic Power Life Coach, author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories; she blogs at TheGirlRevolution.com. Contact her at traceesioux@gmail.com. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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Tracie Milton 970-227-8097

Wendy Sparks 970-691-4243

Vern Milton 970-227-7969

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LANDSCAPE FACELIFT FOR A GRAND OLD HOUSE After extensive remodeling on the inside of the house, it was time to give this unique home a facelift on the outside. The challenges included making the new construction look like it belonged with the design and construction techniques that were used on this home when it was built in the 1930s. Another issue was that most of the yard was in the shade. The existing front walk was removed and a front entry patio was installed. A wing wall was added to give some privacy for the patio from the street. Stamped concrete was used on the patio to match a previously installed patio in the back and an entry feature was added at the street. The irrigation system was updated and a low voltage lighting system was installed. New plantings were installed to accent the unusual architecture. A new Dutch Elm resistant variety of American Elm was added as a street tree planting along with a Weeping Redbud to help to add privacy for the patio.

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Like many Northern Colorado residents, Tamara loves to bake. But baking in a cramped kitchen space with outdated appliances was a nightmare she’d rather forget.

The kitchen of her home was closed in, lacked a place where they could grab a quick bite to eat and made it difficult to congregate during family events. “It just didn’t meet our needs, and I knew we needed to make a change.” she continued. Tamara started the process of designing a new kitchen space that would better accommodate her lifestyle. Along the way, she started thinking about how great it would be to redo the bedroom and laundry room, and add what she calls a “four season room”, a place where the family could maximize all of the natural beauty Colorado has to offer. Quickly she realized that she would need some help bringing her expanded vision to life. “We were working with another designer, configuring the kitchen and living space we thought we wanted,” said Tamara. “Then, a friend introduced us to Bryan Soth, co-founder of HighCraft Builders.” They chatted about the upcoming project, and after listening to the family’s needs and desires for the kitchen space, Bryan made a bold move. “He said ‘Would you let me explore a new direction and try something different with Style 2013

this design?’,” recalls Tamara. “I figured why not?” HighCraft returned with a design that completely changed the way she looked at the space. Although it expanded the kitchen by only a few square feet, Bryan’s design was efficient and creative in a way the family didn’t think was possible before.

“My reaction was, ‘We can really do that?!’” said Tamara. “We absolutely loved his idea for the kitchen and how well it fit in with what we wanted to do with the rest of the house. Ultimately Bryan’s ability to listen to and expand on our original idea is what led us to choose HighCraft for the remodel project.”

“we absolutely loved his idea for the kitchen and how well it fit in with what we wanted to do with the rest of the house.” And what a project it was. Remodeling three-quarters of a house while it’s inhabited is no easy feat, especially when one of those rooms is the kitchen. “The entire HighCraft team was professional yet easy-going throughout the process,” said Tamara. “They respected our schedule and privacy, and kind of became part of the family!” During the six-month project, she got to know Scott Fetters, HighCraft project manager, quite well. “Scott was my goto guy for this project, and I liked him so much I requested him for another project!”

When the dust finally settled, the house barely resembled its former self. In place of the cramped kitchen was an open eating and cooking space, complete with a custom entryway, an island eating and prep space and dual ovens (Tamara’s favorite part). The bright new kitchen space flows seamlessly into the indoor/outdoor living area via a huge set of sliding glass doors that let in the light and the fresh Colorado breezes. “We’re so glad to have met Bryan and for his willingness to improve upon our design before we’d even decided to work with HighCraft. That kind of proactive creativity is a good sign someone is truly passionate about what they do, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Our family loves the new space, and we recommend HighCraft to any of our friends who are considering a remodel.”

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Sunset Ridge Making New Home Dreams Come True So many people in today’s economy think they will have to put off dreams of a new home indefinitely – or at least a new home with the features they truly desire. But Sunset Ridge is making dreams come true through quality craftsmanship that outshines competitors and with a variety of customizable features to make your home a reflection of you. Sunset Ridge is a 144 home subdivision in Severance, Colo., located adjacent to Range View Elementary School. In the project’s first phase, 28 lots have been completed and new homeowners can choose from four convenient floor plans or we will build to suit. Among the features that can be customized: exterior finishes, cabinets, carpet, appliances, kitchen features and more. Sunset Ridge homes are the creation of premier builder NORCO Construction Services. Mike Zapf, president of NORCO Construction Services, has been building quality homes in Northern Colorado for over two decades. NORCO specializes in both residential and commercial building. To learn more about Sunset Ridge Homes, visit their website, www.sunsetridgedev.com or call (970) 302-3788.

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A Healthy Roof After Hail Season Hail season is upon us. Hail damage can make a significant impact on your roof, and many may not even realize the damage is there. Hailstones don’t necessarily have to take off a shingle to damage the roof. More likely, they “bruise” the shingle, removing the granules and allowing UV rays to start breaking down the shingle, and over time, holes appear. Troy Jennings, co-owner of Affordable Roofing Inc., recommends that if you think hail damage is possible, call your insurance provider as soon as possible. Some providers have instituted a one-year statute of limitations on hail damage claims to receive full replacement costs for the roof. Claims made after that time may be subject to a non-recoverable depreciation. To choose a quality roofing company, Jennings recommends a few standards. First, choose someone local. They will know best what sort of weather your roof has suffered. Look for a licensed contractor who is insured and carries workman’s compensation. Finally, check with your area Better Business Bureau and request a book, not just a short list, of good references. For more information on Affordable Roofing, local or federal tax credits, or a free estimate, please call (970) 207-0000 or visit affordableroofinginc.com.

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Exquisite design for your bath Exquisite pairing of both the faux marble and linear glass/stone accents make this unique shower one that is visually and aesthetically pleasing, inside and out. An integration of organic elements along with contemporary design breathes life into this bathroom feature, creating a conversation piece for years to come. A culmination of seamless coordination and creativity between Interior Designer Diana Benson and client Kay Donelson helped Kay’s vision become a reality. The finished project is an example of the work we strive to achieve everyday through coordination and communication between homeowners, our experienced designers and flooring specialists.

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CAPITALIZING ON THE VIEW Starting with a clean slate, Hurr Sprinkler & Landscape created a new outdoor living space that capitalized on these beautiful golf course views at Harmony Club. Accent boulders, landscape lighting that aids in nighttime enjoyment of the space and plenty of spectacular plant color gives these homeowners a space all their own without impeding on the prime view. Hurr Sprinkler and Landscape can transform your exterior space, old or new. To contact them, call (970) 613-0225 or visit hurrcolorado.com.

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Create Your Dream Backyard Your backyard oasis is just a few home improvement projects away. Be it a new outdoor seating collection, the addition of a little mood lighting or a paver project to update old surfaces, check out these suggestions by local retailers and landscapers and create a dream backyard to enjoy all summer long.


Outdoor Furniture That Inspires There is nothing like summertime in Colorado and there is no better way to enjoy the warm evenings and beautiful sunsets than in this Meadowcraft Vinings patio dining set from Larrabee’s Furniture + Design. Lounge on your deck or patio and enjoy the comfort of Meadowcraft’s domestically manufactured quality wrought iron furniture and cushions. Contact Larrabee’s for pricing, www.larrabeesfurniture.com.

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The Cortland Sling from Woodard Furniture features high back armchairs and a variety of round patio tables perfect for Colorado summers. Woodard offers wrought iron, aluminum and all season wicker that will be sure to suit any taste and add comfort and style to any outdoor living space. Woodard sets from $2,500. Courtesy of Outpost Sunsport, www.outpostsunsport.com.

The Tamarack Collection from OW Lee embodies outdoor luxury with an organic, yet refined appeal. The large-scale deep seating pieces fit any style, whether it is the family lake house or a desert vacation retreat. OW Lee is an American family tradition since 1947 providing centuries-old techniques with state of the art equipment to produce beautiful casual furniture. Tamarack chairs from $1,395 and fire pits starting at $1,495. Courtesy of Outpost Sunsport, www.outpostsunsport.com.

The Amber/Beechworth Collection, by Jensen Leisure, provides a unique seating arrangement for your outdoor living space. With sustainability and durability in mind, Jensen Leisure offers high quality, hand crafted IpĂŠ wood. This long lasting, high-density wood provides great style and comfort for your outdoor dining area. Call for pricing. Courtesy of Christy Sports, www.christysports.com.

The Grayson Collection, by Meadowcraft, offers deep seating options that provide comfort and durability. The modern, yet intricate lines of this wrought iron patio set will complement your outdoor conversational space. With comfortable, poly fill cushions covered in Outdura fabric, and the frames finished with a durable powder coat, this furniture is built to withstand the elements. Call for pricing. Courtesy of Christy Sports, www.christysports.com.

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Belgard’s pavers complement the colors of your home and create a wonderful natural look. Furthermore, the tightly laid stones never shift, settle or break, are very easy to repair when necessary and do well in Colorado’s harsh climate. Pricing varies based on design. Courtesy of Zak George Landscaping, www.zakgeorgelandscaping.com. Belgard’s Urbana pavers is a thicker paver that is better for a driveway application. Belgard’s Dublin cobblestones with a Cambridge cobble soldier course. In Colorado, sandstone can be a great choice because of its local availability as well as its cohesion with much of the architecture in the area. One of the most popular uses for stone is for backyard patios. Costs can range from $10 a sq. ft. up to $40 per sq. ft. for labor and materials.Courtesy of Alpine Gardens, www.alpinelandscaping.com.

With houses getting larger and yards getting smaller, organization of space is key. Seating, wall enclosures and columns can create a beautiful outdoor living space. Here, the division of space from the fire pit to the seating area to the dining area allow for multiple uses out of one patio and features Venetian pavestones in a three-tone brown design. Courtesy of Native Scapes of Colorado, www.native-scapes.com. Here, a plain concrete walkway was transformed into a stylish, west-facing outdoor living room featuring Newbury stone pavers, and is available to be enjoyed by the family in the mornings with the sun at their backs, or in the evening while watching the amazing Colorado sunsets. This new room also adds an incredible amount of curb appeal for all visitors arriving at the home. Courtesy of Native Scapes of Colorado, www.native-scapes.com.


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Outdoor Ambiance Create a relaxing and romantic ambiance with patio string lighting! These warm globes can be strung from the rafters of your pergola, in between trees or even as a glowing touch to your outdoor table while entertaining. Prices: 25 white light string - $29.95, 25 color light string - $34.95, 10 white light string - $16.95. Courtesy of The Light Center, www.thelightcenterinc.com.

Update Your Plantings Creating colorful plant combinations that thrive in Colorado can be more difficult than picking wall colors. All plants need to have the similar soil, water and light requirements in order to be used in the same planting bed. New plants are often promoted across the country but it takes several seasons to understand how they will perform in our climate. Pricing varies. Courtesy of Alpine Gardens, www.alpinelandscaping.com.

Find the Right Accessories Become the grill master you’ve always wanted to be. A new commercial-grade grill will have the neighbors peering over your fence with envy. Surroundings carry top manufacturers including Twin Eagles, Firemagic, Alfresco, and pellet smokers by Memphis. When you choose one of these, it will be the last grill you’ll ever need to buy. Call Surroundings for individual pricing, www.surroundingsstore.com.

Add some ambience to your outdoor room with an Ori-flamme fire table. Sitting at coffee table height, each model features a beautiful hammered copper top and a fire burner that can be switched out to become a beverage cooler for summertime get-togethers. Call Surroundings for pricing, www.surroundingsstore.com.


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When Land is Thirsty - Xeriscaping by Tracee Sioux | photos provided by Hurr Sprinkler and Landscape

With memories of last summer’s devastating fires still fresh, citizens and governments predict a parched and thirsty summer. April’s snowfall brought desperately needed moisture, however, we’re not out of the woods yet.

The City of Fort Collins has issued water restrictions for landscaping purposes. Lawns can only be watered twice a week on designated days and specified hours. Obviously, there is concern that lawns could burn up and look dreadful. “Even with a two-day watering restriction, people should be able to have bountiful and beautiful landscapes. It’s about good horticulture principles and the selection of plants, planting prep and maintenance,” says Jim Klett, professor and CSU Extension landscape horticulturist.

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xeriscaping, incorporating native plants, as the optimal landscaping solution for water conservation and aesthetic appeal in our semi-arid climate. “There are ways to make your property look exceptional with xeriscaping,” says Ed Gurza, xeriscape specialist at Hurr Sprinkler and Landscape. “You can cut your water consumption in half. Once things are established, which takes between one to three years, you can essentially only supplement water when it’s really critical.” Xeriscaping was developed in the 1980s, with a water conservation initiative put out by Denver Water and the Associated Landscape

Contractors. They introduced a system of seven principles for proper xeriscaping. “People might want to do some re-landscaping,” recommends Klett. “They may want to reduce turf size, put in some more xeric beds and look at their sprinkler system efficiency. They could retrofit their landscape, but that doesn’t mean eliminating plants and just putting rock in, it’s about proper plant selection and proper location.” Rock landscaping is referred to by horticulturists and landscape architects as zeroscaping. It is frowned upon, primarily because it’s not aesthetically pleasing and it generates detrimental heat.

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7 Principles of Xeriscaping • Planning and Design: Planting the proper plants in the proper places is crucial to conserve water and make outdoor spaces look attractive. Note where there is sunshine and heat, where it’s shady and moist, and areas that get significant water from automatic sprinkler systems. • Soil Supplementation: Hard, clay-like and moisture-resistant Northern Colorado soil requires supplementation. An absorbent, nutrient rich soil and fertilizer mix should be tilled into existing soil. • Efficient Irrigation: Sprinkler systems should be designed for water efficiency. Drip irrigation should be used for shrubs, trees and perennials. Drip irrigation waters only at the base of the plant, preventing water evaporation and run-off. • Plant Zones: Group plants with similar light and water needs together. Put higher-water use plants in low-lying drainage areas, near downspouts and where watering is easiest and most efficient. Dry, sunny areas are wonderful for native plants. Please note that while plants are being established they do require more water. • Mulch: A four-inch wood mulch cover is recommended to keep the ground cool and help soil retain moisture. Apply landscaping fabric under mulch to prevent weed growth. Wood mulch is preferable to rock cover. Rock collects and reflects heat, increasing energy costs and lowering comfort. Rock also causes plants to require more water and can cause leaf burn. • Turf Alternative: Traditional Kentucky Blue grass is standard, however, it requires substantial water. Buffalo grass, blue grama grass, turf-type tall fescue and fine fescues are water-conserving alternatives. Replacing turf with xeric gardens is also recommended. • Maintenance: Xeriscapes do need proper pruning, fertilizing and pest control. Aeration, in Northern Colorado, is crucial to the health and water efficiency of turf. With the hard clay-like soil the ground must be opened up to allow water and air flow. In the beginning, xeriscaping requires comparable time to traditional landscaping. However, once plants are established, xeriscapes are low-maintenance.


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Xeriscape Plants Gurza recommends that 50 percent of the property, including homes and air conditioners, be shaded to reduce energy costs and increase comfort. Serviceberry, New Mexican privet, pinion pine, boxelder, western catalpa and Rocky Mountain juniper are nice tree choices. “Shrubs are the backbone of a property, adding structure,” says Gurza. He enjoys working with lead plant, apache plume and fern bush. “Ornamental grass is overlooked,” Gurza says. “Besides adding verticality to the landscape they also offer interest in the wintertime. They add drama.” Once the major elements of trees, shrubs and grasses create the structure, it’s time to soften the space with perennials and ground cover. Black-eyed Susan, columbine and sedums are attractive options. For rock gardens a succulent, such as Red Mountain ice plant, can be incorporated for flare. Visit PlantSelect.org and the CSU Extension website for a list of xeriscape plants that grow exceptionally well in Northern Colorado. CSU Extension also offers classes in xeriscaping. Tracee Sioux is an Authentic Power Life Coach, author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories; she blogs at TheGirlRevolution.com. Contact her at traceesioux@gmail.com. Style 2013



Energy Efficiency Grants for Small Businesses by Tracee Sioux

Small businesses have an opportunity to replace outdated electrical and water components, score rebates and save substantial amounts in subsequent energy costs for next to nothing.

It’s a “too good to be true” energy efficiency incentive being offered by Fort Collins Utilities and Platte River Power Authority that happens to be entirely true. Area small businesses can upgrade and retrofit signage, lighting (including interior, exterior and parking lots), outdated electrical appliances

and water features such as plumbing fixtures, sprinklers and leaky toilets for only 25 percent of the cost, up to $5,000. Most any upgrade involving electricity or water efficiency can qualify. This Small Business Efficiency Grant, being offered until Dec. 1, 2013, is in addition to incentives for energy and water efficiency already offered by the utility companies. Trad i t i o n a l l y, existing rebates

cover approximately 30 percent of costs; temporarily it’s 75 percent with the special grant. Funds for grants and incentives are built into energy billing passed on to all energy consumers. Typically, residential and large business customers take advantage of offerings. This is a way to reach out to small businesses, helping them take equal advantage of available incentives. “The goal is that we want to save energy and water as a community. This grant helps small businesses with their bottom line, so they are not spending those hard earned dollars on the utility bill,” explains John Phelan, Fort Collins Utility, energy services manager. Realized Energy Advantage PEAK Community Church in Fort Collins recently had their interior and exterior lighting systems retrofitted. They replaced 80 percent of their incandescent and florescent lighting with LED and CFL bulbs. “We liked the idea of energy cost savings. It was a good time to do it since some of our lights were going to become obsolete,” says Amy Snider, PEAK office administrator, who was made aware of the grant through a contractor. For nearly $7,000 worth of upgrades, the church contributed just over $1,600 and saved over $50 on their first electric bill. Tim and Mark Burke, owners of Burke Cleaners, replaced their antiquated neon-lit signage with new LED signs. The signs cost $1,700 each, the Burkes paid under $450. Other significant


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changes the Burkes invested in included replacing their inefficient halogen parking lot and exterior lighting with LEDs. Indoor lighting in three Northern Colorado stores has also undergone transformation with the replacement of traditional florescent T12 lights with more efficient T8 lights. The electrical payback of these upgrades is expected in one to four years. “These are capital expenses that, with the economy not being wonderfully great in the past few years, we otherwise would not have done,” says Mark Burke. “From a business owner’s standpoint, here you have an opportunity to make capital improvements which justify the cost in savings, allowing you to recoup the cost in one to five years. It’s a win-win for both the business and the city.” Third-party contractors—electrical, plumbing, general contractors and sign companies— are using the grant to attract new customers. Both Burke Cleaners and Peak Community Church were approached by companies – Schlosser Sign Company and Energy Solutions Unlimited respectively – who explained the benefits of the grant and recommended applicable changes. It saves business owners money and stimulates the local economy simultaneously. Take Advantage Quick The most common upgrade is to switch out light bulbs and upgrade lighting systems. Small businesses also replace air conditioning units and other appliances such as refrigeration units in restaurants and convenience stores. A hotel or laundromat would qualify to replace washing machines. Other companies might install new toilets and plumbing fixtures. Every small business, excluding a home office, qualifies for the grant and other incentives, explains Phelan. To ensure that the dollars are used for efficiency a third-party audit is offered free of charge to everyone who requests it. Energy and water use will be assessed and business owners will be informed of the most effective changes. The city approves qualifying expenses. Once the upgrades are complete the contractor and business owner turn in receipts, fill out a form and a check is mailed directly to the contractor. Visit Fort Collins Utilities “conserve” section of the fcgov.com website to schedule a free energy audit of your business. The grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out.

Tracee Sioux is a coach at Authentic Power Living, author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories; she blogs at TheGirlRevolution.com. Contact her at traceesioux@gmail.com. Style 2013



Fly Fishing Gears Up for Summer by Emily Hutto

It’s no surprise that Northern Colorado is such a popular area for fly-fishing— the area sports dozens of rivers, reservoirs and other watersheds that offer the angler everything from familyfriendly destinations to backcountry scenery. Not to mention its abundance of resources available, like pro shops, fishing classes and guided tours.

Despite last year’s High Park Fire, local fisheries are thriving and the active fly fishing communities from Longmont to Estes Park to Loveland are gearing up for what looks to be a sound fishing season. Almost a year after the fire, the future of the Poudre is much brighter than predicted. Ken Kehmeier, a senior aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says that the sediment from the ash and debris that washed into the


river was much finer than expected, unlike the pea-sized granite particles that destroyed more than 80 percent of the adult trout in the South Platte River post Hayman Fire in 2002. The fish could withstand this thinner sediment. “We saw a loss of fish that would have hatched last year, but otherwise fish populations on the Poudre look similar to years prior,” says Kehmeier. “They are much better than anticipated.”

That’s great news for Cody Muchow, the store manager and fishing guide at Fort Collins’ St. Peter’s Fly Fishing Shop, which has locations in Downtown Fort Collins and south on Harmony Road. He says that minimal impact from the fires and slowly warming weather creating gradual snow runoff will likely make for desirable fishing conditions well into the fall. If you’re a novice, it’s as good a time as ever to take up angling. Start with your local pro shop. Not only do Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

these businesses sell the gear and guides you need to get started, but also they are staffed with experts who are well versed in the local geography and weather conditions. Not to mention they can recommend nearby spots that aren’t necessarily listed in the books they sell. More often than not, the person selling you your supplies is the same person guiding fishing trips and teaching lessons that the shops offer. Hiring a fly fishing guide and or going out with an experienced fisherman is a critical first step to understanding the sport. There’s an endless amount of literature available that can certainly help you learn to fly fish; however, to really learn the skill is to experience it firsthand. It’s a practice that melds technique, geographic knowledge and keen awareness of one’s surroundings— and there’s no better way to pick it up then to spend time with someone who knows the waters you’re fishing. “Hiring a guide once or twice is like an instructional course on your particular watershed,” says Muchow. “Going out with a guide will give you a foundation for looking at bugs and hatches, and reading water. The guide will help you know the river’s seasons —if and when it fishes well.” One of Muchow’s favorite local fishing spots is the north fork of the Big Thompson River. “You have to hike to most of the good fishing there... the higher up you get, you run into native fish species like cuththroats and greenbacks,” he says. Muchow also recommends fishing one of the many rivers within Rocky Mountain National Park. “It has a huge amount of water and selfsustaining populations of fish,” he says. “All of the park is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.” Exploration possibilities are endless in Northern Colorado, where in addition to fly fishing opportunities on the Cache la Poudre River and in Rocky Mountain National Park, anglers can also fish Horsetooth Reservoir, the St. Vrain River that runs from Lyons to Longmont, the Laramie River from Chambers Lake to the Wyoming border, and Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile on the North Platte River out of Casper, Wyoming, among many other watersheds. You can download the 2013 Colorado Fishing guide from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website (wildlife.state.co.us) for more advice on where and when to go fishing in the state. “Summer going into fall is the best time to get out there fishing,” says Muchow. “Conditions are good through mid-October just about anywhere in the state, and then they will get cold enough to start freezing water. I suspect we’ll have about 14 weeks of ideal fishing conditions this year,” he adds. Volunteers are critical to keep conditions good for future years, especially after last year’s fire damage, says Kehmeier. “The forest service can restore public land, but half of the land affected from fires was private. Fishermen can lend a hand in that. Get in touch with your local shop so we can put you in touch with volunteer conservation groups. If you have a day, or two, or three... Volunteer work is really important right now.” Style 2013


Fly Shops, Outfitters, and River Guides Ed’s Fly Shop 545 Wycombe Ct. Windsor, CO 80550 (970) 301 1272 edsflyshop.com

Jax Mercantile various locations jaxmercantile.com

Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop 10675 Ute Highway Longmont, CO 80504 (303) 772 9110 laughinggrizzlyflyshop.com

St. Peter’s Fly Shop Old Town 202 Remington St. Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 482 5990


Estes Park Mountain Shop 2050 Big Thompson Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 586-6548 estesparkmountainshop.com

Kirk’s Mountain Adventures 230 E. Elkhorn Ave Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 577-0790 kirksflyshop.com

Rocky Mountain Adventures 1117 North US Highway 287 Fort Collins, CO 80522 (970) 493-4005 shoprma.com

925 E Harmony Rd. #200 Fort Collins, CO 80525 (970) 377 3785 stpetes.com

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Fly Fishing Clubs Angler’s Brew Club This group of fishermen sips their homebrews while they cast. To learn more about ABC, visit anglersbrewclub.wordpress.com. Rocky Ridge Fishing Club Members of this exclusive group have daily access to the club’s private reservoir five miles north of Fort Collins. Learn more at coloradopros. com/fishing. Rocky Mountain Flycasters This chapter of Colorado Trout Unlimited supports river conservation and hosts regular chapter meetings that include guest speakers and fishing demonstrations. The organization offers volunteer opportunities and a fly fishing camp for teens. For details go to rockymtnflycasters.org.


Emily Hutto is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins.

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Restaurant 415’s Amelia Mouton by Angeline Grenz

One of the philosophies behind Restaurant 415 is dishes made with local products and sold at a reasonable price point. Chef Amelia Mouton, part of the restaurant’s The Mason Street Five ownership team, grew up around the restaurant business and she clues us in on how she approaches local foods at the restaurant and with her own family.

“One of my favorite things about the restaurant industry is the community it creates,” says Mouton. “We are lucky to live in a town with lots of great farmers and a pretty good growing season. It’s always surprising how reasonably priced local foods can be. There are no delivery fees and everything is so fresh and beautiful! It’s important to remain at a good price point to keep your community happy because without them you have no business. Being affordable brings people back daily instead of just a few times a month.” Style: What are some of the dishes at Restaurant 415 that you are able to use locally sourced foods? AM: All of our salads include lettuce from


Quatrix Aquaponics in Laporte, which we get year round! Our bruschetta has heirloom tomatoes from Schnorr Organics in Fort Collins, bread from Udi’s Bakery in Denver, and white beans from Trinidad. Our Woodland pizza features Hazel Dell mushrooms. And all of our pizzas are made with local organic flour from Heartland Mills. During the summer we carry local squashes, kale, chard and salad greens. Style: How do you source your favorite locally grown and manufactured food products? AM: We are lucky to have a company called Loco Foods Distribution. They provide tons of local products and make ordering from all of

the local farms so much easier for a restaurant. They are our connection to the farms and they take away the headache for us having to figure out who is bringing us what, when. We have also invested in some awesome locals, Davis Glasscock and Nick Mouton, who grow most of our produce during the grow season. Style: With summer and the farmers markets here, what foods do you look for when you do your personal shopping? What are some of your favorite local sources/foods? AM: Color! I love colorful foods. I love farmers markets for trying out vegetables and fruits I haven’t tried before. I also love local eggs; they are so delicious. I also love all of the local cheeses Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

we have in town; they are all doing impressive amazing things. I especially love the Ashley from MouCo. I can eat a whole wheel by myself.

Style: Since we talked about food quite a bit, let me ask, what are you drinking this summer?

Style: What is your culinary background?

AM: I love all of our cocktails [at Restaurant 415]. They are so refreshing and not too sweet. We juice fresh grapefruit, ginger and lime for all of our drinks. I have been really into the Cane and Flower. It is a great summer drink made with Flor de Cana dark rum, fresh ginger and lime juice. We aren’t shy on the booze either with 3 oz. pours. Party over here!

AM: I grew up with a set of Cajun grandparents and Swiss grandparents. Both of my grandmothers are amazing cooks and have passed that down to my parents who always cooked amazing meals for us growing up. I love the bond that food has brought to my family. I also worked at the flagship Whole Foods in Austin, Texas, for about a year and at a high-end fly fishing resort in Idaho. I learned from my family and followed my curiosity for food. I love eating at creative restaurants and being inspired by the food they have created. Style: What do you enjoy doing in your downtime from the restaurant? AM: Traveling is my number one favorite thing to do on my time. It is a wonderful way to learn about culture and food. I recently went to New Orleans, which is where my dad’s side of the family is from, and it was amazing! So much tasty food and drink, and the people are incredible there. I am married to a wonderful, supportive and patient man. We have no children yet, but my business partner and brother-in-law has made me a very happy aunt to a beautiful baby girl!

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Style: What are you cooking for your family right now? Can you share a favorite family summer recipe with us? AM: I love squash and basil in the summer time. A simple and effective dish is stuffed yellow squash served with fresh-made pesto pasta.

Stuffed Yellow Squash •

4 yellow squash, halved with some of the middle removed

2 cups Hazel Dell mixed mushrooms, chopped

1 bunch spinach, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

2 TBS olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small log goat cheese

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup breadcrumbs

Sauté the onions in the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and garlic, then sauté until softened. Add the chopped spinach until wilted. Fill the squash up with the sautéed veggies sprinkle with goat cheese and mozzarella and bake on a sheet pan in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs and bake for 5 or 10 more minutes until everything is nicely browned and crispy. Serve with some nice homemade pesto tossed with pasta. It is the perfect summer dish!